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LAW7403 - Ethics and professional responsibility

3 points, SCA Band 3, 0.063 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Associate Professor Gaye Lansdell


City First semester 2007 (On-campus)
City Term 2 2007 (On-campus)
City Term 2 2007 (Online)
City Trimester 3 2007 (On-campus)


The subjects deals with the regulation of the legal profession and the statute, rules and ethical principles relating to the conduct of practitioners. It is concerned with the nature of ethics and their relationship with moral values. The skills further developed are research and analysis, oral and written communication and practice management. The subject will explore the recognition and resolution of ethical conflicts and the awareness and understanding of personal and professional values


The primary objective is that those who have successfully completed the Diploma course, of which this subject is a part, will have the broad knowledge, skills and ethical awareness to undertake legal practice. Students who have successfully completed this subject will have acquired the following competencies:

  1. practice fields: through learning and developing the skills summarised below, and gaining experience in the application of those skills in the field of this subject, students will have improved their competence to practise in any chosen specific field or fields of law and practice;
  2. skills: in particular, students will have learned and developed the skills set out in the Course Description for the Diploma relating to - learning strategies, research, analysis and writing; oral communication and inter-personal relationships; negotiation and advocacy; practice management and accounts; and hanmdling ethics and values;
  3. personal development: students will have enhanced their broad and critical understanding of knowledge already gained, and their intellectual and social skills, in order to encourage and enable a continuing professional approach to work, community responsibilities and personal development


If online:
1. Oral submission on admission - 30%
2. Debate on ethical issue (oral) - 30%
3. Group project - 40%

Contact hours

Intensive - 27 hours per week for 1 week